The Woodward News

January 8, 2013

Meeting set to discuss OKC water draw at Canton Lake

Chris Cooper
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — By Chris Cooper

Staff Writer

CANTON-A meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Canton Community Center to discuss Oklahoma City's intentions to take 7.3 feet of water from Lake Canton for use in Lake Hefner.

Longtime Canton Resident Curtis Hoskins explained, "The focus of the meeting is going to be informative. Oklahoma City is calling for a water draw that will bring lake levels to record lows it hasn't seen since almost the 1950s, and it's going to have serious environmental and economic impacts for Canton. We're holding the meeting to inform people about this."

Hoskins said the meeting will include representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, U.S. Geological Survey, and Oklahoma Fisheries Department.  In addition he said State Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, and a representative from U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas' office will be in attendance.

Hoskins explained the meeting's intentions saying, "We're just trying to bring more knowledge of the situation, and possibly a water conservation movement to Oklahoma. A lot of lakes have contracts that use up the conservation pool which results in an inactive state (for the lake), basically making it useless. So we just want people to realize the repercussions of this and the impact it's going to have."

Further discussion concerning issues brought up by the drawing of water from Lake Canton are to be addressed during the meeting. Those interested in learning more are encouraged to attend.

Hoskins said the meeting will include a question and answer portion for those that want to voice their concerns.